What am I talking about: slabs or falling-down houses that were severely damaged and left as eye-sores as a result of Hurricane Katrina?
You might also ask, “What do Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Tennessee Williams, Sydney Pollack, and Old Town Bay St. Louis have in common”?
The answer to both of these questions is the 1966 movie, “This Property Is Condemned”. The movie was filmed in Old Town Bay St. Louis and “the property” in question not only survived Hurricane Katrina, but is now home to the Bay St. Louis Little Theater, 398 Blaize Avenue .
A short walking tour, starting at the Bay St. Louis Depot, features five significant buildings or locations used in the film and takes about 30 minutes. Additionally, the film is available for viewing any time before 2 p.m. in the Depot.
If you like antiques, if you like art, if you like resilient Southern women, if you like museums, or if you simply like to enjoy yourself, then you will definitely like the Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum that is located in the Train Depot in Old Town Bay St. Louis.
Alice Moseley is a well-known folk artist who resided in Old Town. She did not begin her artistic career until the age of 65, and she lived to be 94 years young.
The museum is home to 45 of her paintings that she left to the people of Bay St. Louis. The paintings are not for sale, but prints of her paintings are available for purchase at the museum. Also housed in the museum are furnishings from her home, located across the street, and Tim Moseley’s 35-year-old collection of majolica, art pottery, art glass, and other collectibles.
The Friend of the Alice Moseley Museum recently dedicated a new pavilion on the grounds of the Depot and announced that a new folk art festival honoring Miss Alice is being created.
Miss Alice’s blue house, as mentioned, is across the street from the museum and is available rent as a vacation cottage.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, you can call the museum at 228.457.9223 or click HERE to go to the museum’s website.
This museum is one of those not-to-miss items on any list!
There are fewer farmers markets available to South Mississippi and the Coastal90 readers area this time of year, but there are still a few around. The variety of goods available ranges from fresh breads and other baked goods, plants, local meats and sausage, and seasonally fresh vegetables. Please be sure to doublecheck each location as dates and times are subject to change!
You will also find more detailed information on what foods are available at each location by clicking the imbedded links.
D’IBERVILLE FARMERS MARKET
10383 Automall Parkway (in front of Civic Center)
Open Year Round – Monday-Saturdays
For Info Call Patty @ 228.392.9734
GULFPORT THE HARBOR MARKET
Jones Park Pavilion, Highway 90
Maybe Saturdays 2pm-5pm
For Info Call Diane 228.257.2496
LONG BEACH FARMERS MARKET
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) Certified Farmers Market
United Methodist Church Parking lot, 208 Pine Street
Downtown Long Beach
Open Year Round on Saturdays
For Info Call Dita McCarthy 228.234.8732
The 37th annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival will be held November 7 and 8 in its usual location of the streets of Ocean Springs, under a canopy of beautiful trees dressed in their finest fall colors and surrounded by over 150 shops and 400 booths. Last year over 150,000 people visited the shops and booths that were showcasing all shades of art, jewelry, clothing, and crafts geared to young and old alike. Food, music, meeting old friends and new, there is plenty for all to see.
Hours of the Festival are 9 am-5 pm each day.
For full schedule and events, follow the above link or call 228.875.4424.
This year’s Christmas on the Water event will be held December 5, 2015. This is the yearly fundraiser for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Attractions Association.
The cruise follows the Mississippi Gulf Coast and includes the historical Lights on the Water Parade in Biloxi, ending with spectacular fireworks. The cruise begins around 4:30 p.m. in the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor and returns around 9:30 p.m. You will be served heavy hor d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.
For tickets or more information, call Janice at 228.388.1431 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy your cruise, and, even though it is way early, let me be the first to wish you a “Merry Christmas”!!!
A frequent and well-loved sight in Diamondhead is that of the ducks and geese meandering across the road, stopping traffic in both directions, checking out whatever is on the other side. Most are either on their way north or south and have stopped for a “layover” in Diamondhead for a bit of a rest.
These feathered friends can be found at various times gathered around the churches, the Community Center, City Hall, or all around the duck pond, munching on the goodies they find in the well-groomed grasses and shrubs. Feeding the ducks is a favorite past time for residents, especially young children, and you will frequently see folks stopped, with the ducks and geese gathered all around them, clamoring for their fair or not-so-fair share of the bread and sometimes corn being handed out.
Occasionally, one of the birds will be injured somehow–maybe by another bird or other animal, rarely by an automobile. Such was the case several years ago. In passing the Duck Pond on several occasions during the same day, I noticed a goose that stayed on the ground in the same spot all day, which is highly unusual. Curious, I stopped to investigate and found the goose had an injured foot and could move about only minimally, just enough to get into the water for safe keeping at night. I started going by every day, feeding him, and having to outsmart the rest of the flock to do so. This worked well until I went out of town for a couple of weeks and enlisted the help of some friends to care for “Goosey Goose”. One of my friends was very close to a local vet and shared Goosey’s story with her. Well, the upshot was that, by the time I returned to Diamondhead, the vet had very carefully rescued Goosey, repaired his mangled foot as best could be done, and had taken him to live out his days in luxury on her farm. Many thanks to the kind vet!
So, if you are in the area, stop by the Duck Pond in Diamondhead. There is a shaded deck in addition to picnic tables. You might get lucky and see a rare “traffic backup” of four cars in both directions, patiently waiting for the ducks and geese to amble across the street!